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TB Outbreak in Long Beach Results in Public Health Emergency Declaration

LA Testing offers laboratory services and special sampling supplies to identify Mycobacterium tuberculosis from environmental samples to support infection control programs throughout California.

Huntington Beach, California, June 14, 2024 Last month, a local public health emergency was declared by city officials in Long Beach, California. The declaration followed an outbreak of tuberculosis (TB) at a hotel in the city, where as of late April, 14 cases of TB disease had been associated with the outbreak. This included 9 people that had to be hospitalized and 1 person that died.   According to a City of Long Beach press release: Through the course of this investigation, staff have identified approximately 170 people who.......[Read More] [All News]

Walnut Supplier in California Recalls Shelled Nuts as CDC Posts Food Safety Alert

LA Testing offers food and environmental testing services to identify E. coli, Salmonella and other pathogens to mitigate exposure risks, prevent product recalls, or to help pinpoint the source of an outbreak.

Huntington Beach, California, June 12, 2024 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently posted a Food Safety Alert about an E. coli outbreak linked to organic walnut halves and pieces. At the time of the initial posting, the agency acknowledged 12 illnesses and 7 hospitalizations that had taken place in 2 states that are believed to be associated with the walnuts.   The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), in collaboration with CDC, state and local partners, is also investigating the outbreak and has.......[Read More] [All News]

Identifying Mold and Other Environmental Asthma Triggers in California Homes and Buildings

LA Testing offers indoor environmental quality testing services, sampling supplies, test kits and air monitoring instruments to detect and mitigate exposure to airborne allergens, respiratory irritants and asthma triggers.

Huntington Beach, California, June 7, 2024 Asthma triggers can cause asthma symptoms, an episode or attack, or make asthma worse. One of the more common environmental asthma triggers is mold, which is found in outdoor air and can also sometimes be found indoors at elevated concentrations. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) confirms that mold can trigger asthma episodes in sensitive individuals with asthma, and that people with asthma should avoid exposure to it. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.......[Read More] [All News]

National Safety Month and Resources to Protect California’s Workers and Employers

LA Testing provides industrial hygiene and environmental, health and safety (EHS) testing resources, sampling supplies, monitoring instruments and personal protective equipment to safeguard workers and to help companies with regulatory compliance.

Huntington Beach, California, June 4, 2024 June is recognized as National Safety Month in California and across the nation. Begun by the National Safety Council (NSC) in 1996, the month-long observance is meant to raise awareness of workplace safety and health risks, and to improve efforts to reduce occupational injuries, illnesses and deaths. To protect workers in the Golden State, the California Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1973 was enacted to assure safe and healthful working conditions by creating the Division of.......[Read More] [All News]

Illegal Marijuana Grow Operation in California Leaves behind Mold Infested Home

LA Testing offers laboratory services, sampling supplies, test kits and air monitoring instrument to identify mold and other indoor environmental quality issues often associated with properties used for clandestine grow operations.

Huntington Beach, California, May 21, 2024 Last month, the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at a residential property in Valley Springs, CA, resulting in the eradication of more than 500 marijuana plants. In addition to the illicit cultivation estimated to be worth potentially over $500,000, authorities reported excessive amounts of mold throughout the property, posing significant health risks to occupants. According to a statement from the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office: The discovery of mold.......[Read More] [All News]

Six California Metro Areas Make the Top Ten List for Worst Particulate Matter Pollution

LA Testing provides indoor and outdoor air testing services, sampling supplies and monitoring instruments to measure particulate matter (PM) and other airborne pollutants.

Huntington Beach, California, May 17, 2024 Last month, the American Lung Association (ALA) released its 25th annual “State of the Air” report. In it, ALA lists metro locations across the United States with the worst particulate matter pollution. For year-round particulate matter (PM2.5) pollution, 6 of the top 10 most polluted metro areas were in California. They included Bakersfield, Visalia, Fresno-Madera-Hanford, San Jose-San Francisco, Los Angeles-Long Beach, and Sacramento-Roseville. Particulate matter is the name for a.......[Read More] [All News]

Clean Air Month in California and Air Quality Optimizing Resources

LA Testing offers indoor and outdoor air testing services, monitoring instruments, sampling supplies and test kits to identify and mitigate exposure risks to airborne pollutants.

Huntington Beach, California, May 15, 2024 For decades, May has been designated as Clean Air Month. It is meant to be a time to educate the public about the connection between clean air and respiratory health, and to encouraging people to take positive steps to improve their air quality. According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District: Here in Southern California, Clean Air Month comes just as we enter the summer smog season. Hot, stagnant days can increase the formation of ground-level ozone (smog), creating potentially.......[Read More] [All News]

National Lyme Disease Awareness Month and Resources to Test Ticks in California for Borrelia burgdorferi

LA Testing provides laboratory services and easy-to-use sampling kits to identify Borrelia burgdorferi from infected ticks to help assess Lyme disease exposure risks in humans.

Huntington Beach, California, May 13, 2024 The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) warns that Lyme disease is spread by western blacklegged ticks that are common to coastal California and the Sierra foothills. CDPH also reports that Lyme disease is the most common of all the tick-borne diseases in the state. The disease is transmitted to humans through the bite of ticks infected with a bacteria known as Borrelia burgdorferi. Typical symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, headache, fatigue and a characteristic skin rash.......[Read More] [All News]



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